I just got back from #Ferguson, where they issued a state of emergency and curfew to give cover to a crackdown. A quote from a young man I met during a march this evening:
"That cop’s in hiding, but he’s freer than we are. We’re protesting, but we ain’t free."
If the cops really wanted to avoid confrontation tonight, all they had to do was arrest the cop they know killed #MikeBrown. Instead, they ignored community demands, trampled on people’s rights, and unleashed more violence.
As another protester said to me:
“I’ve been out here the last three days, and it’s always peaceful until the cops show up. You saw it back there, we’re grilling, people having a good time, talking, building community. It’s the police. They’re the ones causing the violence. Thursday they didn’t come out and nothing happened….I heard about the curfew, but I’m not leaving. They can’t tell me to go inside and then shoot tear gas at us while we’re on our front lawns. So I’m staying out. If they want war, they can have it.”